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Breast Implant Illness: Test Your Knowledge!

Back when I first heard about Breast Implant Illness, like most people, I rolled my eyes and didn't think it was a real thing. 
In fact it took several more YEARS of rapidly having my health deteriorate BEFORE I WAS EVEN OPEN to hearing about it. 

Because of that, I realize that there are many who will scroll right by this post, or heck, even unfriend me. 
But this post isnt written for them, maybe just not yet anyway. LOL 
I have found that for every person I probably annoy, I have twice as many private messages re this topic. Many of those messages include at least one these six assumptions. So I thought, I wonder how many others assume this too?

Since sharing my story, I have helped many women FINALLY regain their health... therefore I will continue to educate and spread awareness, in hopes that if you are even a silent sufferer, then you may be able to pinpoint WHY your hormones are off, you have insomnia, your hair is thinning, weight loss is difficult, your lymph nodes are swollen, and your food sensitivities are causing a ton of unexplained bloating, just to name a few. 

I put this little T/F together TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE on breast implants. (BTW, I would have totally failed this last year….LOL)

See how YOU do! Each of the explanations is below , so just scroll through 🙂

1) I don't have the same symptoms you did, so I don't have Breast Implant Illness.

2) I have saline, or small implants, so Im safe.

3) Your implant has to rupture to get BII

4) The medical community acknowledges breast Implant Illness.

5) I don't have any symptoms...so I’m good.

6) This is all so ridiculous and all in people's heads.

Breast Implant Illness
 

1) FALSE. All symptoms are different for everyone depending on your genetic weak points. For example, If you are genetically predisposition for thyroid issues, those will be exacerbated with implants. 

For me it was gut health, neurological and joint pain, insomnia and the last six months prior to explant, my lymph nodes started swelling. 

When I first looked at the list of symptoms a few years ago, I had about 4-5 and dismissed them because I didnt believe in Breast Implant Illness. 

In May 2018, my symptoms had grown to total 30-ish. Here is a list of the most common due to BII. How many of these do you have now? If very few, I suggest saving this and checking back every 6 months to a year to see if they are worse...or more.

BII Symptoms
 

2) FALSE. Implants are implants. Even if it's not a breast implant, if you have a foreign object inserted into your body...its an implant. 

The difference with breast implants compared to other implants is that they are made from a soft, pliable SILICONE shell. The size or the filling of the implant is mostly irrelevant. There are over 40 known toxins that are released from the silicone casing. Those toxins are released into your bloodstream. 

Additionally, since implants are placed right in your chest cavity and neighboring your vital organs and lymphatic system, the silicone break down has prime real estate to spread through our body. 

Additionally, some brands saline filled implants are prone to mold.

Actual Implants
 

3) FALSE. Breast Implant Illness is an Inflammatory response by your body to a foreign object. 

Yes- a silicone rupture is very troublesome. From the moment your implants are placed in your body, your body starts to build a capsule around the implant itself to guard it from your body. The capsule can start small symptoms of BII within a few days for some women, while for others it may take years. Know that if you have implants, you have these capsules. 

Even if you have the implant removed, if the capsule is left inside you, you will stay sick. It's vital to have not just the implant, but the capsule removed as well. 

Also, if you have saline filled implants, know that there are certain brands that are very prone to mold, as well. Bottom line, BII is a result of your body's naturally self defense and causes a non-stop inflammatory response as long as the implants are in your body. 

Long term effects of inflammation is what starts to cause the break down of our body's immune system and starts to slowly affect your health. Its not the rupture that makes you sick. Its the capsule and your body's natural inflammatory response to a foreign object.

There are pictures below of the capsules WE ALL HAVE, if you have implants. Red/ yellow eyes are one of the biggest indicators that you body has inflammation. Look at mine in the picture below just 15 hours after surgery.

Explanted breast Implants covered in the capsule the body naturally builds around it to protect and defend us against the "foreign invader". It can be peeled off the implant, like a sausage casing, once explanted.

Explanted Breast Implants

3) Con't with picture....😮 The EYES and FACE...

That’s where you notice the HEALING from BII, first!

When your body isn’t fighting the toxic foreign object inside of you, inflammation goes down and your:

👀Eyes become whiter and brighter

❤️Skin becomes less red & more fresh 

🌸Face becomes less puffy. 

Same lighting and time of day. No make up. No difference in what I ate the night before. 

Just 15 HOURS since getting toxic bags out and my body is already starting to HEAL! It can take up to a year (even two) for total healing but already there’s improvement 🌸🌸🌸

Healing from BII
 

4) False:
Unfortunately, you will not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor and especially not from your plastic surgeon. 

This illness is not acknowledged by the medical community yet. In fact, the medical community clings to the false belief that silicone and breast implants are safe. 

Your plastic surgeon may even deny breast implants cause illness or refute your symptoms in order to avoid liability. Plastic surgery is big business built on silicone and breast implants are their greatest source of revenue. 

Plastic surgeons will refuse to admit that breast implants are unsafe and will actively refute the truth in order to protect their cash cow. Ironically, the medical community will agree that chronic inflammation is the number one cause of disease and that our body has a natural built in inflammatory response to any foreign object. 

Even GI doctors have seen inflammatory capsules built around lap bands they implanted. But when it comes to applying the same logic to breast implants, they dismiss it as absurd. 

This is the first time it's been explained (and shown) HOW and WHY the implant causes so many health issues from a Canadian Chemist on the Canadian FDA board:

HTTP://WWW.AZFAMILY.COM/CLIP/14095997/BREAST-IMPLANT-ILLNESS-A-SEARCH-FOR-ANSWERS

 

5) FALSE 
Most of us that go through breast implant illness start with gradual symptoms. 

We realize something is OFF but don't know what so we become very strict with our diet, adjust our lifestyle in any way we can to accommodate our ailing health, add supplements, step up exercise and start spending big bucks on our health looking for answers and relief. At first this seems to help but gradually symptoms return and stay and more symptoms come on every year and our health continues to decline. We, with implants, are some of the most vigorous health minded people there are because we have to be in order to function in our daily life. 

When I was most sick, I had to give up everything including my entire health and way of life just to feel somewhat normal.

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This is going to sound harsh. But I wish someone had been harsh with me several years ago as it would have saved me so much time, money, guesswork and quality of life.

If you have implants it is not a matter of if you will get sick, it is a matter of when you will get sick, as breast implants cause endocrine disruption and immune system dysfunction and steadily deteriorate in your body from the first day of implantation and silicone particles, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals in the silicone damage your body glands, organs and good health processes. 

All types of breast implants can cause illness, none are safe and especially not the cohesive gel implants which contain very aggressive chemicals and heavy metals. 

How do breast implants cause illness? What is silicone toxicity? What are the symptoms of breast implant illness? Please RESEARCH BREAST IMPLANT SYMPTOMS . I had many of these symptoms and women who have breast implant illness have these types of symptoms and perhaps others depending on the progression of the illness and the type of implants they have.

----> Many women suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed with other diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms. Don’t waste your precious time on misdiagnoses.

 

6) FALSE
And this one was kinda me for a while. While I completely denied Breast Implants Illness was a real thing, my symptoms continued and gradually got worse. 

Is there a placebo effect with some things? Absolutely. 

But you can't deny the scientific effects of toxic exposure and chronic inflammation can cause on ones body. There are THOUSANDS of cases, some of which I know personally, where women's bodies have returned to normal after YEARS of suffering. 

Lymph nodes shrinking, hormone levels normalizing, brain fog lifting, skin disorders clearing up, fibromyalgia going away, sleep being restored, hair growing back….I could go on. When the body no longer is fighting, it can do what it does best…. and start HEALING. 

It can take up to a year for the toxins of implants to rid the body. Specifically in the liver and endocrine glands. 

There are certain detoxes that can help this process. But to say it is in someones head, is denying science. 

When I told Neil it was my implants he was in disbelief. That was HARD. Ladies, listen to your body and your soul. Don't let anyone else have a say in this journey but YOU. I loved my big boobies as much as anyone LOL, but after feeling like shit, gaining a ridiculous amount of weight regardless of my diet or exercise, knowing what they were slowing doing to my body and nothing I did could reverse it, I got to the point where the size of my health meant so much more than the size of my chest. 

It’s ridiculous that NO ONE questions us getting implants when we want them IN, but when we say we want them out and we have to PROVE and CONVINCE people we arent crazy. 

Go freaking figure.

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Breast Implant: Removing the Toxic TaTa's

Finally feeling quite good today and ❤️SO LOVED❤️ after my authenticity surgery. 
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My HEART is FULL and my TATA’s are REAL. Can I get an AMEN?! 😘
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THANK YOU so much to all you AWESOMELY LOVING people out there that reached out to me this past week! 
And most of all to my kick ass mama and private nurse, Holly Hamman Creel!! No way would recovery be possible without quarterbacking everything from my meds, to food to running a full house of children on the last week of school! 
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This weekend was TOUGH, as our body start to flush out toxins and naturally detoxes after implant removal. And that phase of healing hit me HARD this weekend. 
Our bodies are INCREDIBLE things. 
The HEAL is REAL! 🙌🏼

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Breast Implant Illness Post Op Healing

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😮 The EYES and FACE...

That’s where you notice the HEALING from BII, first!

When your body isn’t fighting the toxic foreign object inside of you, inflammation goes down and your:

👀Eyes become whiter and brighter

❤️Skin becomes less red & more fresh

🌸Face becomes less puffy. 

Same lighting and time of day. No make up. No difference in what I ate the night before. 

Just 15 HOURS since getting toxic bags out and my body is already starting to HEAL! It can take up to a year (even two) for total healing but already there’s improvement 🌸🌸🌸

🙌🏼 The Heal is Real! 

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My Breast Implant EVICTION: Episode 1

Seay Stanford: Breast Implant Eviction

💕 I’ve been suffering with this mostly in silence...and this is a BIG DEAL for me...so here goes yall...

Over the past several years I’ve shared publicly how I’ve not felt quite right (actually like crap) and have been on a quest to treat my many “odd and random” symptoms.
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Doctors visits, scans, tests, pokes, prods…and $22,000 in medical costs in 2016, all resulted in, “You’re normal.”
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I know I’m not freaking normal. I know what NORMAL feels like and THIS… this is not it. Screw the doctors and people that basically told me it’s all in my head or just normal signs of aging.😡
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What people were REALLY saying is, “We don’t know.” But it’s easier to suggest the symptoms are all in my head than admit defeat.
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🧐 I KNEW something was wrong and started spending thousands of dollars to be my own health advocate and find the answer. I was the poster girl for clean eating, wellness and a healthy and happy lifestyle. 
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I have tried so many things: organic supplements, massage, cupping, diet & lifestyle changes and alternative healing methods. I’ve taken dozens of tests, cat scans, had more vials of blood taken than I can count and followed the direction of my health care professionals (both eastern and western), trainers, nutrition plans...all to a T. 
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I looked for every solution. I tried elimination diets, cleanses, more tests and still…. Nothing. Some of the elimination diets and programs left me feeling better for a moment but I couldn’t hang on to that vitality for any length of time. 🙁
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So the struggle and search continued…
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I sort of got tired of sharing the struggle here and with others because at the end of the day, I still didn’t have a “period at the end of my sentence”: I still had no answers and why bother continuing to share the struggle with still no freaking solution. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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👉🏼There was this ONE posibility that kept popping up in front of me over and over again on social media and private messages. 
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Constantly. 
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---> BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS.
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But I continued to push that option away “no, that wasn’t it” I would tell myself, “that’s not my issue.” 
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I even thought up until 5 weeks ago, “that’s not a REAL thing.” 
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🤷🏼‍♀️ I don’t know about you but I thought the only way someone could get “sick” from their implants was if it was silicone, and it ruptured or leaked. Mine were not damaged so I thought, “well that isn’t me so obviously I’m fine.” And...I LIKE having my implants, so entertaining the thought it could be THEM wasn’t happening. #denial
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But after ruling pretty much everything out over the past couple years, I felt I HAD to at least entertain the idea, I may be suffering from the effects of toxic tatas.
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The more research I did and the more people I spoke with I realized just how misinformed and in denial I was… 😮
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The implant doesn’t need to leak or rupture to be dangerous - in fact, the shell of the implant itself is ridden with chemicals that can potentially poison your body. 
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So what happens?? Our bodies are smart and designed to fight foreign objects. Our immune system smartly starts building a CAPSULE around the implant to create a barrier between us and the foreign object. Since the implants obviously can’t be pushed out our immune system constantly stays hard at work for many months….and in my case many YEARS. 
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This capsule is a problem in and of itself. Imagine barnacles growing off a piling. The capsule grows these same barnacles that also create problems such as infection and inflammation.🔥
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As long as the implants are around, our body continues over time attacking our implants as a foreign object as something it needs to destroy and get rid of.🥊
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After years the immune system and the body itself weakens and it starts to shut down. At the same time, those toxins from both capsule and the shell of the implant are leaking into your bloodstream - slowly wreaking havoc.🔥
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As I read through the symptom list for BII I felt like the list was speaking RIGHT to ME…., 🤚🏼FACE PALM SEAY moment...nearly all of my issues were RIGHT THERE, even the REALLY ODD random ones like swollen lymph nodes in my arm pits. (yep- those were “normal” too)
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The most common symptoms are fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory and word loss), joint and muscle pain, hair loss, weight gain, recurring infections and problems with thyroid and adrenals, lymph nodes or other endocrine glands.
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So if I had implants for 23 years, why NOW? What about all the years I was fine? I pondered that, too.🤔
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First I can honestly say I’ve had at least SOME of the symptoms for a really long time, specifically the tingling in my hands and feet (I even wondered if I had MS) but the symptoms were mild and would pass. I definitely felt more and more symptoms over the years but chalked them up to aging or normal woman stuff. Prior to being certified as a holistic health coach in 2012, I also took pills to make my little symptoms “go away” in the interim. Once I stopped taking pills to bypass my symptoms, the symptoms were able to present themselves much more LOUDLY. 
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2015 was the most stressful year of my life. I know through all the constant stress and “fight or flight” my body was experiencing had my cortisol levels on full throttle for a year all meanwhile while my immune system was on hyperdrive still trying to reject my implants. 
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A perfect storm.⚡️
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I feel that, on top of already having minor signs of BII, the extreme stress sent my body into inflammation and immune OVERDRIVE. 🚨
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By 2016, I was the sickest I have ever felt in my life. Looking back, I had nearly every official symptom of BII and was on the verge of an autoimmune disease (later learning also a very common outcome of BII).
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So I tackled each symptom and what it’s cause could be, one by one. My life became consumed with finding my answer.
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I’m tired of feeling like shit and gaining weight despite my efforts. Actually, intense exercise makes my inflammation even...WORSE. ♨️ 
If another person tells me to eat right and exercise more, I may literally punch them in the fucking face. Trust me, if you lived with me, you’d know that my body weight and how I feel do not AT ALL reflect my constant efforts.
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🤔 My guess is that because I eat well and exercise consistently, my symptoms aren’t nearly as bad as some of the thousands of really severe cases I’ve read about. I think taking good care of myself, drinking antioxidants, antinflammatories and adaptogens in my shake, raised my immune system enough to somewhat tame the inflammatory fire burning inside of me. I can’t imagine what a mess I’d possibly be if I wasn’t eating super clean, and still exercising.
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THANK GOD for that!🙌🏼
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But I do notice when I’m highly stressed, my symptoms all get way worse, especially the past few weeks of late.♨️
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SO HERE MY BIGGER REVEAL-->>>>> On May 9, I’m having my silicone bags officially... E-FREAKING-VICTED!! Yes, I’m having them removed for good.👉🏼👉🏼
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Yes- I’m totally freakin scared. 😭What if I look deformed? What if I have dreadful scars from the lift? What if...I don’t even feel better????? 😞
I have had implants my entire adult life (3 sets) and don’t even know what my real “friends” look like at this point. 🤷🏼‍♀️ What if I’m not sexy to my husband any longer???
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🦋 But what leads me MORE is I think...WHAT IF I DO FEEL BETTER?!!! What if this explant is what my body needs to FINALLY HEAL?! What if they have been the CAUSE of all these crazy and random symptoms I have felt? I’ve seen now thousands of post explant pictures of women and how literally just hours after explant you can see a difference in their face. Months after the physical improvements are even more drastic. 
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Even IF I don’t get relief, from everything I’ve learned I just want them freakin’ OUT of my body.🚫
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Until May 9, I’m thinking positively, believing THAT THIS is finally the period at the end of this very long sentence. I’m planning my post surgery detox (highly recommended after explant surgery) and am READY to get on with my life. 😍
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I’ll be sharing more about what I’m learning and doing along the way. I am in a facebook group with 40,000 other women just like me. I realize and understand that you may not want to hear any more. I respect that immesley as that was me. I am at a place now though, where I believe BII is a real, scientific immune auto response our body does that slowly causes problems. 
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HERE’S to HEALING xo Seay

This site is a HUGE resource to learn more: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/

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